Elizabeth A. CASSELMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Clowes Fund board hired Beth Casselman in 2000 as the first professional leader of this family foundation, established in Indianapolis in 1952. Beth’s career in philanthropy spans 25 years following a stint in public relations. She majored in journalism and earned a Bachelor of Science from Butler University as well as professional certificates from the Grantmaking School at Grand Valley State University and the Fundraising School of Indiana University.
In 1992, she became the founding director of the Community Foundation of Boone County (CFBC); 15 years after leaving CFBC she returned to serve on its board, ending her term as board chair in 2016. Beth also serves on the National Center for Family Philanthropy Friends of the Family advisory committee and the Asset Funders Network Indiana Chapter steering committee. She is past chair of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) board, United Way of Central Indiana’s Boone County advisory board, and has served on executive search committees for IPA, the CFBC and Boone County’s United Way. Beth has contributed to a variety of philanthropic conferences and publications. She was most honored in 2012 to receive IPA’s Hazelett Award for Leadership in Grantmaking in recognition of her integrity and for mentoring other professionals.
Outside the office you are likely to find Beth in a rocking chair with a good book, a cat on her lap and a dog at her feet, celebrating life with family and friends, or walking the trails near home or in a national park with her husband. Personally, she is most delighted to be mom of two terrific grown sons and a daughter-in-law.
MEGAN Briggs REILLY, NEW ENGLAND PROGRAM OFFICER
Megan Briggs Reilly came to The Clowes Fund in 2015, as an accomplished grantmaker with a deep appreciation for the nonprofit sector and for supporting effective leaders that are making a difference in our world. Megan earned a Masters of Business Administration at Brandeis University, Heller School of Social Policy and Management after a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Boston University. Megan is a graduate of the LeadBoston leadership development program who honed her skills through 15 years of experience at The Boston Foundation and then at Hemenway & Barnes. She has a well-established network across New England from Boston to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to Downeast Maine. Currently, Megan serves on the planning committee for the 2018 Grantmakers Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees national convening in Los Angeles.
Megan’s quiet, professional demeanor dissolves into her true playful spirit when she’s having fun with her husband and their two daughters. When not visiting nonprofits or reviewing proposals, you will find her at the neighborhood playground, enjoying an evening out with friends or exploring the sites of New England.
ERIN TRISLER, PROGRAM MANAGER
Erin Trisler joined The Clowes Fund staff in September 2014. She oversees quality control, compliance and program needs, and serves as program officer for a select portfolio of local grants. A life-long Hoosier and 1997 graduate of Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, her career flourished through 15 years of fundraising roles at the Indiana University Foundation and the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Hundreds of grant submissions later (she lost count!), Erin embarked on a new chapter in grant-making and the impactful nature of foundation work.
Outside of the office, Erin boosts her kids on courts, fields and stages, serves her church, school and neighborhood association, enjoys her husband’s cooking, plays volleyball with a vibrant competitive spirit and drives the Trisler family shuttle.
ESTHERRE WOHLENHAUS, PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Estherre Wohlenhaus joined The Clowes Fund in August 2014. Estherre supports the grantmaking process as grants-management guru as well as program officer for a select cohort of Indiana grants. She is also the welcoming face that greets visitors to the Indianapolis office or the friendly voice to answer phone calls. After a year spent teaching English in China, Estherre came back home again to Indiana where she received a B.A. from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2014 and an M.A. from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2016. Exponent Philanthropy named Estherre among its 2017 class of Next Gen Fellows where she is paired with a mentor to hone her skills in the philanthropic field.
When Estherre is not in the office, you will likely find her volunteering as a mentor for refugees or on a young professional’s group for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, immersed in physical activities ranging from boxing to general outdoors adventuring, or simply enjoying time with friends and family.